Keeping motivated can be a struggle but these tried and tested tips will help!
1) Know exactly what your goals are.
You need to be precise: “I want to lose some weight” or “I’m going to go to the gym more” aren’t goals. “I want to lose 7lbs in a month” and “I’m going to go the gym three times a week straight after work” are goals.
If appropriate, your goal should have an end date.
2) Know the benefits of achieving your goal.
Why do you want to reach your goal? How will it make your life better? How will your life improve?
The benefits may be:
better earning power
a sense of accomplishment
a step towards a larger goal
Think about the benefits and write them down so that you can read through them regularly.
3) Only tell one or two people who will fully support you
Pick carefully. Make sure that the people you confide in will back you all the way and that they will hold you (gently) accountable. Having someone monitoring your progress is very motivating. (This is why having a life coach makes all the difference 🙂 )
4) Know what you’re letting yourself in for 🙂
In other words do as much research as possible so that you minimise the chances of unpleasant surprises long the way. Knowldege is power. Speak to people who have done what you want to do or read about them. Knowing that others have succeeded is very motivating.
5) It’s an exciting challenge NOT a chore!
It’s all about attitude – if you think it’s going to be fun, then it will be! If you think it’s going to be dull or difficult, then chances are it will be just that.
Find something fun/interesting/exciting about what you are doing. Maybe see if you can do it with someone else and you can encorage each other!
And remember why it is that you want to achieve the goal(s)
6) Celebrate along the way!
Give yourself regular ‘mini-rewards’ eg if you have done 30 minutes excercise and give yourself bigger rewards when you achieve your goal or make substantial progress towards it. If you have genuinely achieved a step, treating yourself in some way is very motivating! And you deserve it!
7) Allow yourself some flexibility
It may be that you need to revise your goal(s) – this is fine! Just make sure that you know the “what and the whys”
If you slip up or have a bad day, forget it and start again! Trust me, you are not the first person to have a hiccup along the way 🙂 Just get back in the saddle and carry on.
If you have any more tips/comments, let me know in the comment box below:)
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